KPK to speak up against House inquiry in court
The Jakarta Post
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has said it is ready to present its opinion in a judicial review hearing challenging the House of Representatives’ right to launch an inquiry against it at the Constitutional Court.
The antigraft body said the judicial review petitioners had asked it to attend the hearing as it was considered a relevant party in the case.
“The request [to testify] has been made as the judicial review motion is related to our authorities. We will give relevant testimony and evidence [in the hearing],” Febri said on Thursday at the KPK headquarters in Jakarta.
A KPK workers’ union and several civil society groups have filed a judicial review petition against the 2003 law on legislative bodies, which outlines institutions that are subject to a political inquiry by the House.
The petitioners and the KPK argued that the House was not authorized to launch an inquiry against the KPK as it was an independent state institution.
The House has launched an inquiry into the KPK as it believes the latter has become a superbody and is plagued with irregularities. Activists, however, have said the House’s move was nothing but a thinly veiled attempt by lawmakers to weaken the commission as it was launched shortly after it opened an investigation into a major graft case implicating dozens of active and former lawmakers.
The petitioners had asked the court to issue a provisional ruling suspending the House’s inquiry, but the request had been rejected. (ary)
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